At least half of voters prefer former Vice President Joe Biden’s approach to health care to that of President Donald Trump, suggesting that concerns about cutting costs and managing the pandemic could influence the outcome of this election, it reveals. a new poll.
The findings, from the KFF monthly survey, indicate that voters do not trust the president’s assurances that he will protect people with pre-existing conditions from insurance companies if the Supreme Court struck down the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
A month before the court hears arguments from Republican attorneys general and the Trump administration in favor of repealing the law, the poll shows that 79% of the public do not want the Supreme Court to cancel coverage protections for Americans with medical conditions. pre-existing.
The majority of Republicans, 66%, also said they do not want those guarantees canceled.
In addition to leaving some 21 million Americans uninsured, repealing the ACA could allow insurance companies to charge more or deny coverage to people because they have pre-existing conditions, a common practice before the law was established, and that a government analysis revealed in 2017 that it could affect up to 133 million Americans.
Nearly 6 in 10 people said they had a family member with a pre-existing or chronic condition, such as diabetes, hypertension, or cancer, and about half said they are concerned that a loved one may not be able to afford coverage, or lose it entirely, if the law is annulled.
The poll reveals a surprising preference for Biden over Trump when it comes to protecting people with pre-existing conditions, an issue that 94% of voters said would help decide who to vote for. Biden has a 20-point advantage: 56% prefer his approach, against 36% for Trump.
In fact, the poll shows a preference for Biden on all raised health care issues, including among those 65 and older, and on issues that Trump has said were his priorities while in office, indicating that the Voters are dissatisfied with the president’s job to reduce health care costs, in particular. Support for Trump’s efforts to lower the price of prescription drugs has waned, and voters now prefer Biden’s approach, from 50% to 43%.
Most voters said they prefer Biden’s plan to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak, 55% to 39%, and to develop and distribute a vaccine for COVID, 51% to 42%. Trump has largely delegated management of the pandemic to state and local officials, while vowing that scientists would defy expectations and produce a vaccine before Election Day.
When asked which issue was most important in deciding who to vote for, the majority of respondents pointed to health care. 18% chose the COVID-19 outbreak and 12% mentioned general health care. Almost an equal proportion, 29%, chose the economy.
The poll was conducted from October 7 to 12, after the first presidential debate and Trump’s announcement that he had tested positive for COVID-19. The margin of error is plus or minus 3 percentage points for the entire sample and 4 percentage points for the voters.
(KHN is an editorially independent program from KFF).
KHN (Kaiser Health News) is a non-profit news service that covers health topics. It is an editorially independent program of KFF (Kaiser Family Foundation) that is not related to Kaiser Permanente.